P52 20/52Ursa Major “Big Dipper” over Yosemite National Park

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P52 20 of 52 Ursa Major"Big Dipper" over Yosemite National ParkNikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f/2.8| Tripod

Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, Basket Dome, Yosemite Valley, California, USA

Tunnel View Cafe

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At the Tunnel View CafeThis is the “cool” version of Sunset that I took while at Tunnel View in Yosemite a couple of weeks ago. I used a Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo Filter to enhance the colors and reflecting light.

The haze in the image is moisture from the low clouds, and smoke from camp fires down in the valley. I hoped to get Alpine Glow on both Cathedral Rocks and El Capitan, but it didn’t happen while I had my Singh-Ray filter on. You just never know what it’s going to be like. It’s never the same twice.

Nikon D700| AF-S 17-35mm @ f11| 1/10s| ISO200| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod| Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo filter

Yosemite National Park, California, USA- sunset


P52 14/52 Tunnel View in Golden Hour

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P 52 14 of 52 Tunnel View Golden HourI ventured North-east to look for Wildflowers  then went into Yosemite National Park to photograph the river, and waterfalls, but couldn’t be in the park and not go up to Tunnel View. I swung by here earlier in the day to see how it looked and thought it would be a good place to shoot the sunset since the clouds were getting thicker by the hour and by 3PM Half Dome was covered in clouds.

I made two images up here a cool version using my Singh Ray LB Color filter then removed the filter and made the warmer image you see here. I’ll share the cooler image soon since I like them both.

This is all the color we got this evening. More clouds rolled in obscuring the sun and blocking any more color. By 7:40pm I was in Pearl (my car) with the heater on thawing out my very cold fingers still hoping the color would come. There were only 3 photographers set up waiting and hoping outside on the observation deck; everyone else had left. Shortly after that all the color faded completely and He-Man and I headed home relaxed, and very content.

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm @ f11| 1/30s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| tripod



Double Rainbow on Upper Yosemite Fall

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Another waterfall from my Archives. On my birthday in 2011 I hiked up Upper Yosemite trail and was rewarded with a Double Rainbow at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall. It’s a steep and arduous hike, but well worth the effort.
I lost my favorite Hobbie sunglasses over the railing here. They fell a LONG way. 🙂

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 1735@ 20mm| f5| 1/2000second| ISO 160| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Hand-held- there wasn’t much room for my tripod on this ledge.

Horsetail Fall 2013

Horsetail Fall 2013, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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This is the 4th yr I’ve gone up to Yosemite trying to capture the natural light show that happens when conditions are just right. For a week or so in February and October during sunset the sun lines up with the fall, and if there is water running down the fall the sunlight will turn the water red like lava or fire.

This year we had more snow on El Capitan than last year, and the day was sunny, but it was cold up there, and it’s been rather dry with no rain for awhile so there wasn’t as much water as we hoped for.
We did get some lovely color and the wind kicked up a little so we were treated to the mist lighting up at the top of the fall.

Every year it has looked different, and I’m hoping one year the fall will be spewing tons of water, and the sun is shining brightly.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 80-200mm| Tripod

Woody’s First Trip to Yosemite NP

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This was also the first time Woody had seen snow. He tried to build a snowman, but found the snow too slushy. It kept falling apart. He’ll try it again one day.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 2470 @ 70mm| f4.5| 1/800s| ISO400| Manual Priority| Hand-held

Moonrise in Yosemite National Park

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Please click on photo to view  it larger, and then if you’d like to view  it on black once in the larger screen mode press L on your keyboard. It looks better I think.

My flickr contact Lynne said she’d like to see this in Black and white. That got me thinking about it, and then I began to play. Finally I’ve come up with something I like. What do you think Woman?

Single frame; Nikon D700: Nikkor 80-200mm @200mm| f10| 1/200 sec| ISO200| Manual Priority| Tripod w/cable release